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|I Love You, Daddy|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Louis C.K.|
|Screenplay by||Louis C.K.|
|Edited by||Louis C.K.|
I Love You, Daddy is a 2017 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Louis C.K. and starring C.K., Chloë Grace Moretz, Pamela Adlon, John Malkovich, Rose Byrne, Charlie Day and Helen Hunt. Co-producer Vernon Chatman co-wrote the story with C.K.; it is C.K.'s first film as director since Pootie Tang, released sixteen years earlier. C.K. plays television writer and producer Glen Topher, who becomes disconcerted after his teenage daughter (Moretz) is seduced by a much older film director (Malkovich).
The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017. Initially scheduled to be released in the United States on November 17, 2017 by The Orchard, the film was dropped following sexual misconduct accusations made against C.K. a week prior to the intended debut. On December 8, 2017, it was reported that C.K. was purchasing the film's global distribution rights back from The Orchard. Asked about C.K.'s move to purchase the rights, lead actress Chloë Grace Moretz said in an August 2018 interview with The New York Times that she would prefer the movie "just kind of go away, honestly" adding that "it’s devastating to put time into a project and have it disappear". She elaborated the following month that she doesn't "think that it’s a perspective or a story that needs to be told in this day and age, especially in the wake of everything that’s come to light".
Production for the film was fully secret, with C.K. shooting entirely on black and white 35 mm film in June 2017. C.K.'s long-time collaborator Paul Koestner served as the film's cinematographer. The film's score by Zachary Seman and Robert Miller was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017, where distribution rights were bought by company The Orchard for $5 million. It was scheduled to be released on November 17, 2017, in a limited release before opening wide on December 1.
On November 9, The Orchard canceled the New York premiere of the film due to "unexpected circumstances". The Hollywood Reporter reported that a possibly damaging upcoming New York Times story on C.K. was the reason for the cancellation. The Times published the story later in the day, accusing C.K. of sexual misconduct against five women. On November 10, 2017, a week before it was set to be theatrically released, it was pulled from the schedule. Shortly after, international distributors dropped the film and scrapped all release plans.
In December 2017, C.K. was reported to have purchased the film's global distribution rights back from The Orchard.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 37% based on 41 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on reviews from 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw gave the film a four-star review, calling it a "very funny and recklessly provocative homage to Woody Allen, channelling his masterpiece Manhattan." Variety critic Owen Gleiberman was less positive, writing that "the film meanders, and its second half is shapeless," although he praised the dialogue and cast.